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Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD

Ashwagandha Essential Oil: Health Benefits, Uses & Safety of Withania Somnifera Oil

What Is Ashwagandha Essential Oil?

 

 

Ashwagandha essential oil is derived from the Withania Somnifera plant also commonly known as the Winter Cherry or ‘indian ginseng’. Ashwagandha oil captures the essence and benefits of the ashwagandha herb in a concentrated form that can be applied topically or diffused. Native to India, Africa, and the Middle East, the ashwagandha plant and its oil have been celebrated in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, primarily for promoting relaxation, mental clarity, and vitality and to nourish the nervous system.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning it offers a host of therapeutic properties, from balancing the body’s response to stress to rejuvenating the mind and body. The oil, distilled primarily from the Ashwagandha root, also contains potent withanolides, which have been studied for their multifaceted health benefits, from stress relief to antiinflammatory properties. [1]

In this article, we provide detailed information on the therapeutic benefits that ashwagandha oil has to offer. Let’s explore.

 

The Health Benefits of Ashwagandha Essential Oil

 

 

1. Promotes Relaxation & Reduces Stress*

 




Just like the ashwagandha plant, its essential oil is renowned for its calming effect. When diffused or applied topically in diluted form, ashwagandha essential oil helps promote a serene ambiance, naturally reducing stress and anxiety, while alleviating muscle tension. [1]

 

 

2. Supports Healthy Skin*

 

 

The antioxidant properties of Ashwagandha oil can help protect the skin against free radicals, reducing signs of aging and maintaining skin elasticity. [3]

Ashwagandha oil has long been used in Ayurvedic skin care incorporated into a pure and natural body oil. For best results, it can be blended with a carrier oil like sesame oil and applied topically to improve the skin's natural suppleness and elasticity. 

 

 

3. Enhances Mental Clarity & Focus*

 

 

In aromatherapy, diffusing Ashwagandha oil can aid in promoting mental clarity, focus, and cognitive function. The soothing aroma can help clear mental fog, allowing for sharper thinking. This makes it the perfect essential oil to use to elevate your productivity and support your workflow. [4]

 

 

4. Supports Scalp & Hair Health*

 

 

Ashwagandha essential oil can offer a wide range of benefits for the hair and scalp. In traditional Ayurveda it’s believed to promote hair growth, thanks to the natural antioxidants it contains which combat scalp inflammation and help support new hair. These antioxidants may also aid in preventing hair loss by creating a shield against destructive free radicals. When combined with  nourishing oils like sesame oil, the essential fatty acids can amplify your hair strength, thereby reducing the risk of breakage over time.

 

 

5. Aids Sleep*

 

 

Ashwagandha is well-studied for its stress-relieving properties that support a deeper and more restorative sleep, therefore it’s thought that diffusing Ashwagandha essential oil or adding a few drops to a warm bath can help induce a state of relaxation, promoting a restful night's sleep. [5]

 

 

6. Supports Muscular and Joint Health*

 

 

When mixed with a carrier oil and used in massages, Ashwagandha essential oil has been used traditionally to help alleviate muscular pain and joint discomfort. This benefit likely stems from the anti-inflammatory properties of the phytochemicals known as withanolides which are present in the Ashwagandha plant. [6]

 

*It is important to note that while Ashwagandha oil is often used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its potential health benefits, there is limited scientific research specifically on the effects of diffusing Ashwagandha oil or using it topically.

 

 

How to Use Ashwagandha Essential Oil

 

 

There are a few methods available for using Ashwagandha oil in your daily life:

  • Diffusion: Add a few drops to your diffuser for mental clarity, relaxation and sleep support.

  • Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil (like sesame or almond oil) before applying to the skin. Always conduct a patch test first.

  • Bath: Add a few drops to a warm bath for a relaxing and zen experience.

 

 

Dosage & Safety Of Ashwagandha Essential Oil

 

Ashwagandha essential oil is very potent and it should always be diluted with a carrier oil for topical applications. Some individuals may also be sensitive to its components therefore it's wise to perform a patch test before widespread topical use. Ashwagandha essential oil should NEVER be used internally.

Due to a lack of scientific research, pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid using Ashwagandha essential oil or consult with a healthcare provider first.

 

 

Side Effects & Considerations Of Ashwagandha Essential Oil

 

While ashwagandha essential oil is generally considered safe when used under the recommended guidelines, some individuals might experience skin irritation or allergic reactions. You should discontinue your use if you notice any adverse reactions.

 

 

 

What to look for when you buy Ashwagandha essential oil

 

There are a few key factors that one should consider when purchasing Ashwagandha oil in order to ensure efficacy and safety:

 

  • Pure and Natural: The oil should be 100% pure, without any preservatives, fillers or synthetic ingredients. Always check out the ingredient list to ensure the purity of the oil you're wanting to buy.

  • Organic Certification: Always look for an Ashwagandha oil that is certified organic. Why? This ensures the plants were grown without the use of harmful pesticides or fertilizers, which can make their way into the oil negatively impacting its quality and your health.

  • Source & Origin: Since Ashwagandha is primarily grown in India, Nepal, and parts of the Middle East authentic ashwagandha oil should come from these regions if possible.

  • Extraction Methodology: Cold pressing or steam distillation are common extraction methods that maintain the integrity of the oil. Oils that are extracted using excessive heat or chemicals/solvents are best avoided.

  • Packaging: Dark amber or either blue glass bottles will protect Ashwagandha oil from UV light, which can degrade the quality over time.

 

Do you want to experience the most powerful health benefits of Ashwagandha?

 

 

If you're looking to truly harness the wide range of health benefits from Ashwagandha, you might want to consider our Nutririse Ashwagandha capsules or delicious vegan Ashwagandha Gummies. These Ashwagandha products have been designed to deliver a potent dose of ashwagandha's active compounds, ensuring that you get the maximum therapeutic effect every single day.

While oils provide an external or aromatherapeutic approach, consuming Ashwagandha directly ensures a systemic impact, working from the inside out for stress relief, sleep support, enhanced mood and overall vitality!

Nutririse's products are made from high-quality, pure Ashwagandha root extract, and they prioritize safety and efficacy in their formulations. Whether you opt for the convenience of capsules or the delightful taste of gummies, Nutririse offers an efficient way to integrate the wonders of ashwagandha into your daily wellness routine!

 

 

Key Points

 

  • Ashwagandha oil originates from the Withania Somnifera plant, known for its roots in Ayurvedic practices from India, Africa, and the Middle East.

  • Celebrated for its myriad of benefits, traditional Ayurveda claims that Ashwagandha oil aids in relaxation, cognitive clarity, and overall vitality, capturing the essence of the Ashwagandha herb in a concentrated form.

  • Ashwagandha oil offers protective qualities for skin and the hair when applied topically.

  • Traditionally the oil has been used to promote deeper sleep, and alleviate muscle or joint discomfort.

  • When considering purchasing Ashwagandha oil, it's vital to look at purity, organic certification, appropriate source regions, and the right extraction methods.

  • Ashwagandha oil should never be taken internally and use of the oil is not advised in pregnant or nursing women. 
Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD
As a qualified Nutritional Therapist (BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD), Zaheera Swing has a deep passion for restoring balance and harmony to the body through the modalities of nutritional science, herbalism, and holistic lifestyle practices. Using the functional medicine model coupled with wisdom from ancient paradigms, she aims to provide insight into the underlying root causes of poor health and the holistic tools we can harness to enhance the well-being of mind, body, and spirit.
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